2009 Oscar snubs and surprises! Academy Awards out of control!

by Eric Melin on January 22, 2009

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the dark knight snubbedFor a complete list of 2009 Academy Award nominees, click here.

The bias against superheroes and animated films continues, despite “The Dark Knight” and “Wall-E” reaping major awards this season. “The Dark Knight” was robbed of a Best Picture and Best Director nomination!! It was stolen by “The Reader,” not even “Wall-E,” which some people predicted (and would have been way more deserving). “The Dark Knight” got seven technical awards and one acting award, for Heath Ledger as Supporting Actor, who will no doubt win.

Sally Hawkins was left out for a Best Actress nom for “Happy-Go-Lucky,” despite winning 11 critic’s awards, the most of any actress in this category. Read a full list of every critic’s award and awards show leading up to today here.

On the plus side, Melissa Leo was nominated in the Actress category for “Frozen River,” a tiny little indie film, and Richard Jenkins got a Best Actress nomination for “The Visitor.”

Clint Eastwood didn’t get an Actor nod despite “Gran Torino’”s unexpectedly big box office, and the movie failed to get a screenplay nomination, which was expected. In fac, “Gran Torino” was completely snubbed, with a total of zero nominations.

the reader winsletKate Winslet scored for “The Reader,” which she won a Golden Globe Supporting Actress award for, but for not Best Actress in “Revolutionary Road,” which she also won at the Globes.

“The Reader” is a Weinstein film, and Harvey really knows how to campaign for this stuff. Despite mixed reviews,  “The Reader” received five nominations. Four of those were in the major categories. This is more than likely due to the weighted ballots that the Academy gives out. If lots of people put “The Reader” at number one, and more people put “The Dark Knight” at a lower spot on their ballot, “The Reader” gets in. That said, it has absolutely no chance of winning Best Picture or Director.

Dev Patel was left out of the Supporting Actor race, despite the 10 total nominations for “Slumdog Millionaire,” but Michael Shannon’s nomination for “Revolutionary Road” is a bit of a surprise.

It’s too bad Rosmarie DeWitt didn’t get noticed for Supporting Actress in “Rachel Getting Married.”

springsteen rourke wrestler“In Bruges” and “Frozen River” surprise “The Wrestler,” “The Visitor,” and “Rachel Getting Married” by taking their predicted Original Screenplay nominations. Jenny Lumet’s screenplay for “Rachel Getting Married” was tied for the most wins in this category in critic’s awards, with Dustin Lance Black’s “Milk,” which is now by far the favorite to win.

Werner Herzog scored a Documentary nomination this year for “Encounters at the End of the World,” despite his film “Grizzly Man” getting a surprise snub in 2006.

They snubbed The Boss! Bruce Springsteen, who already won the Golden Globe for best song for “The Wrestler,” didn’t even get an Oscar nomination this morning, while “Slumdog Millionaire” got two.

Now eight-time nominee and DP extraordinaire Roger Deakins got a nod for “The Reader,” but the Academy missed out on his sumptuous work in “Revolutionary Road.”

Total nominations for multiple-nominated films:

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” 13 nominations
“Slumdog Millionaire” 10 nominations
“The Dark Knight” 8 nominations
“Milk” 8 nominations
“Wall-E” 6 nominations
“Doubt” 5 nominations
“Frost/Nixon” 5 nominations
“The Reader” 5 nominations
“Changeling” 3 nominations
“Revolutionary Road” 3 nominations
“The Duchess” 2 nominations
“Frozen River” 2 nominations
“Iron Man” 2 nominations
“Wanted” 2 nominations
“The Wrestler” 2 nominations

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Andie January 22, 2009 at 2:08 pm

i was so exicited when i heard Michael Shannon’s nomination for “Revolutionary Road”, he stole every scene he was in and really made the movie flow.

Grand Torino was a very good movie, but i don’t feel it was worth a best picture nomination, nor actor, screenplay yes it could have been in that catorgory

i’m a little upset that Appaloosa was not recgonized for cinematography

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2 Andie January 22, 2009 at 2:08 pm

i was so exicited when i heard Michael Shannon’s nomination for “Revolutionary Road”, he stole every scene he was in and really made the movie flow.

Grand Torino was a very good movie, but i don’t feel it was worth a best picture nomination, nor actor, screenplay yes it could have been in that catorgory

i’m a little upset that Appaloosa was not recgonized for cinematography

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3 John In KC January 23, 2009 at 12:52 am

Forest Gump 2.0 for the loose…

The Boss was robbed!

While I shouldn’t be passing judgement on films I haven’t seen the reader must be pretty freaking fantastic considering all the nominations it picked up. I read over at DHD that many thought it was the producers (Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella) that the academy are trying to honor with its nominations.

I had gotten on the no best picture nom for TDK bandwagon but to leave Nolan out of contention for best director seems wrong considering what the guy accomplished.

The Wrestler has the same amount of nominations as Wanted!?! I know neither have the same weight as far as the nominations go but think of the DVD case now…. Nominated for 2 Academy Awards!! Wanted the super collectors edition!!! Now with more ridiculous bullet time stuns and naked Jolie ass…

Considering the amount of great cinema there was this year I don’t agree with a great number of the nominations. Seems studios were out in force buying up nominations or something as there seems to be many that missed the mark.

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4 John In KC January 23, 2009 at 12:52 am

Forest Gump 2.0 for the loose…

The Boss was robbed!

While I shouldn’t be passing judgement on films I haven’t seen the reader must be pretty freaking fantastic considering all the nominations it picked up. I read over at DHD that many thought it was the producers (Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella) that the academy are trying to honor with its nominations.

I had gotten on the no best picture nom for TDK bandwagon but to leave Nolan out of contention for best director seems wrong considering what the guy accomplished.

The Wrestler has the same amount of nominations as Wanted!?! I know neither have the same weight as far as the nominations go but think of the DVD case now…. Nominated for 2 Academy Awards!! Wanted the super collectors edition!!! Now with more ridiculous bullet time stuns and naked Jolie ass…

Considering the amount of great cinema there was this year I don’t agree with a great number of the nominations. Seems studios were out in force buying up nominations or something as there seems to be many that missed the mark.

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5 Jon January 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Wall-E was the best picture of the year. I wonder if Pixar can eventually trade like 10 Best Animated Feature Awards in for one Best Picture. That would be fair, I think.

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6 Jon January 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Wall-E was the best picture of the year. I wonder if Pixar can eventually trade like 10 Best Animated Feature Awards in for one Best Picture. That would be fair, I think.

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7 Brad January 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Boss’s “The Wrestler” Snub is criminal.

The Wrestler not getting nominated for best pic is disgusting.

Button and Reader were just blatant oscar attempts. Button was nothing but a snapshot into various stages of the protagonist’s life. It didn’t even begin to compare to the short story. It failed to give any insight into what life would be like lived backwards, which is exactly what the story was.

Dark Night = Greatest comic book movie/action of any sort ever. Great acting, writing directing.

Perhaps biggest snub is Nolan not getting the nom after completely changing the face of comic book movies. It just proves everything the academy stands for. \

And what?!?!? Wanted?!?!?! I cant believe the academy even acknowledged it’s existence much less as many noms as the wrestler

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8 Brad January 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Boss’s “The Wrestler” Snub is criminal.

The Wrestler not getting nominated for best pic is disgusting.

Button and Reader were just blatant oscar attempts. Button was nothing but a snapshot into various stages of the protagonist’s life. It didn’t even begin to compare to the short story. It failed to give any insight into what life would be like lived backwards, which is exactly what the story was.

Dark Night = Greatest comic book movie/action of any sort ever. Great acting, writing directing.

Perhaps biggest snub is Nolan not getting the nom after completely changing the face of comic book movies. It just proves everything the academy stands for. \

And what?!?!? Wanted?!?!?! I cant believe the academy even acknowledged it’s existence much less as many noms as the wrestler

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9 Andie January 29, 2009 at 12:54 am

after finally getting to see the wrestler i can say i agree about the snub, and the song i liked it before seeing the movies but after seeing it, it was robbed, it fit the movie perfectly.

plus i don’t like there being only three songs noms, it should be five, songs are too important to movies to only have three

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10 Andie January 29, 2009 at 12:54 am

after finally getting to see the wrestler i can say i agree about the snub, and the song i liked it before seeing the movies but after seeing it, it was robbed, it fit the movie perfectly.

plus i don’t like there being only three songs noms, it should be five, songs are too important to movies to only have three

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11 karl l January 29, 2009 at 11:57 pm

There seems to be several of the top 2009 films and performances missing, such as Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood, Colin Farrell and Brenden Gleeson, etc…. and no Iron Man?! But it’s the “academy”‘s awards, so this is the way they do things for their ceremony.

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12 karl l January 29, 2009 at 11:57 pm

There seems to be several of the top 2009 films and performances missing, such as Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood, Colin Farrell and Brenden Gleeson, etc…. and no Iron Man?! But it’s the “academy”‘s awards, so this is the way they do things for their ceremony.

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13 Xavier June 12, 2009 at 7:09 am

clearly there were a few near criminal snubs for 2008, but here’s a couple more
Speed Racer for Visual effects should have won the award
Art direction, at least a nomination for The Fall
thinking back personally I wouldn’t have nominated any of the films for best film apart from Slumdog of the one’s that were there. Probably would have gon for Wall E, Dark Knight, The Wrestler and Synecdoche NY.
Also, just curious but what was Slumdog adapted from?

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14 Xavier June 12, 2009 at 7:09 am

clearly there were a few near criminal snubs for 2008, but here’s a couple more
Speed Racer for Visual effects should have won the award
Art direction, at least a nomination for The Fall
thinking back personally I wouldn’t have nominated any of the films for best film apart from Slumdog of the one’s that were there. Probably would have gon for Wall E, Dark Knight, The Wrestler and Synecdoche NY.
Also, just curious but what was Slumdog adapted from?

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